Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Its Show Time!

The Best of the US Alpaca Show is this coming weekend in Columbus, OH. This is a big show where several hundred alpacas will be attendance. We will be sending 4 of our juvenile alpacas to show with our friends from Oak Haven Alpacas, while we stay home and alpaca sit. They are bringing a half dozen of their own alpacas as well, so they will have a very busy weekend ahead of them!

All 4 of our babies going to show are haltered trained, have passed their health inspection by the vet, have had their nails trimmed and have had their shots. They are ready to go! We are sending:

Ashton Stones Peruvian Riphaeus will compete in the white juvenile huacaya male halter class. Riph has nice conformation and is very proportionate, although he is a little on the small size for his age. He has nice crimp and dense fiber. I am hoping he does well in the ring, although white classes are always the most competitive (since whites have been selectively bred so much long than colored alpacas and normally have superior fleece to colored animals), so we will see if he places or if he gets the gate (meaning he didn't place in the top 6). We are hoping of course that he places!
Ashton Stones Peruvian d'Artagnan will probably compete in the dark fawn juvenile huacaya male halter class. Dar is a big boy, but very gentle. He has soft fiber, a long staple length and decent crimp. If anything, he tends to lack density, but this could also be because his fiber is so fine. If he places, it will probably be at the lower end because more dense animals will probably be placed above him.

Ashton Stones Jolie Rouge will probably compete in the dark brown juvenile huacaya female halter class. I am thinking that Jolie is dark brown, but I am curious to see what color she ends up being after shearing as she seems to have some lighter brown and black spots in her fleece. Jolie has nice conformation and is pretty proportionate. She has very soft fleece and nice bright crimp. Like Dar, she could use more density, but it is very difficult to get density and fineness in one animal!
Rummy's Paisley will probably compete in the dark silver or rose grey juvenile suri female halter class. The world of showing and evaluating suris is very new to me, so I don't have a good feel as to how Paisley may do at the show. I have heard that grey suri classes are very competitive so we will see.
Jolie, d'Artagnan, and Ashton Stone's Little Miss Rosco who is now owned by Oak Haven Alpacas will also compete in the Get of Sire class since they are all out of our herdsire Smokey. They are pretty different from one another and the Get of Sire class winners are usually the ones where all 3 offspring are pretty consistent with one another to show how consistent the herdsire is at throwing good quality offspring that look similar, so we will see how it goes.

Now all I have to do is get all the halters, feed supplies and marketing information together and we will be ready for show time! Good luck this weekend Justin and Cara! We can't wait to hear how it goes!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That last picture looks like a shot of Chewbacca's butt! :)